Real-time report

This article is about the Real-time report in Creator Studio Classic. Learn about the Real-time activity card in YouTube Studio beta

You can use the Real-time report to see estimated views data for the last 25 published videos. For channels, you can also use this report to see the total views for all videos on the channel. Real-time data is estimated and meant to provide general guidance on potential view activity on your videos. Therefore, you might see discrepancies in the data displayed on the video's watch page as views are confirmed differently.

This report can give you early insights into the performance of your most recently published videos. You can also see this data in reports for individual videos.

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Creator Studio Classic

See your Real-time report

You can go directly to the Real-time report or follow the steps below.

  1. Sign in to YouTube.

  2. In the top right-hand corner, select your profile picture and then Creator Studio.
  3. In the left-hand menu, click Analytics and then Real-time.
  4. You can see two graphs:
    • Hour-by-hour date: Available for a sliding window of two days ('last 48 hours')
    • Minute-by-minute data: Available for a sliding window of one hour ('last 60 mins')

How to use the Real-time report

Data display and accuracy

Both graphs refer to the local time zone of the viewer as determined by the computer's setting. Data automatically stays updated on the analytics page, but there's a latency of a few minutes between the occurrence of the view and its display in the report. The 'current' hour bar is highlighted to stress that the hour is still incomplete.

Data availability

  • Channel: On the channel level, the report shows the total views for the channel and the last 25 published videos.
  • Content owner: The report shows the last 25 published videos for channels belonging to the content owner.
  • Groups: If a video group contains 25 videos or fewer, the report shows real-time data for each video. The report is not available for video groups with more items and other types of groups (asset, playlist, channel).
  • Assets, playlists, shows: The report doesn't contain real-time data for these entities.

Filters and features

On the channel and video level, the Real-time report gives further breakdowns for dimensions like device type and operating system.

Note: You may see different metrics in YouTube Analytics based on the platform – Classic desktop, YouTube Studio desktop or the YouTube Studio app. This is because up-to-date metrics are available more quickly in Analytics on YouTube Studio (both on desktop and on the app) than on Creator Studio Classic.
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